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By-the-Wind-Sailor

One of the things a lightkeeper notices on the shoreline are the different changes, be they strange fishing floats, bloated dead fish, defeathered seabirds, massed clumps of seaweed or the profligate carcasses of the By-the-wind-sailor.  I had seen many beaches littered with the pale blue bodies of the By-the-wind-sailor and thinking they were the nefarious Portuguese […]

Where Does Beach Sand Come From?

My wife asked me the other day “Why is there more sand here after the river floods?”. I explained that because it was a mountain river, the flooding caused more rocks to grind together and tumble down from the hills grinding themselves eventually into fine sand. In my article Reprint – A Grain of Beach Sand […]

Mise Tales Twenty-Four

  For an update on what a Mise Tale is then please see Mise Tales One. August 07, 2013 – August 7th every year is National lighthouse Day! Please mark it on your calendars so that you can track events next year. Yes, I know, I missed it too! SorrY!  National Lighthouse Day not only commemorates the 1789 […]

Reprint – A Grain of Beach Sand – Photography Book by Gary Greenberg

Reprinted with permission from Maya at the Completely Coastal website. Her article was published September 7, 2012 and can be found here. A Grain of Beach Sand – Photography Book by Gary Greenberg“To see a world in a grain of sand…” These are the words of William Blake. Artist and scientist Gary Greenberg takes them […]

Recycling Glass as Sea Glass aka Mermaids Tears

  A long time ago back in 1969 on my first lighthouse at Pulteney Point, we used to recycle glass bottles by taking them out in the boat or canoe, and breaking the washed glass bottle over the side of the boat and letting the fragments settle onto the ocean floor. It was not pollution […]

What You Can Do With What You Can Find

 The story I posted three days ago about the lighthouse for sale in Sitka, Alaska I found on this website called Completely Coastal. The website is a delightful mix of all things creative which are found by, or taken from the sea. If you missed the story, click on the photo left to take you to […]